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The New Super Food: Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

June 25, 2013

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What do you think of when you hear about chia seeds? If you are thinking about those popular Chia Pets from the 1980s, you aren’t alone. But chia seeds have been reborn as a super food, popping up in smoothies, salads and other healthy – and tooth-friendly – treats! And even though today’s health food is from the same family as those used on the terra-cotta planters –please don’t eat your Chia Pet seeds. They are not for consumption and the chia seeds you find in your health food store are sold under much stricter standards.

While to the average American, eating chia seeds seems like a new concept, the ancient Aztecs, Mayans and Incas included them in their diets. So what did they know that we are now just learning?

Health Benefits

  • Support digestion, boost energy, stabilize blood sugar and reduce cholesterol
  • Significant amount of soluble fiber
  • Excellent source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids
  • Full of antioxidants
  • A 28-gram serving has 4.4 grams of protein
  • Source of calcium

How to Eat Chia Seeds

If you are ready to start adding chia seeds to your diet, we can help. They can be sprinkled on yogurt, salads or even toast. Concerned about getting the tiny seeds stuck in your teeth? Our experts at Dr. Robert Mitchell’s office have some suggestions for eating chia seeds that are good for your body AND teeth and gums.

One of the best ways to avoid getting chia seeds stuck in your teeth is to buy it them in ground – or milled — form. The milled seeds can be added to just about anything, from your favorite smoothie to sauces and soups. Whole chia seeds will take on a gelatin-like consistency when added to water. This makes a great egg substitute for vegan recipes.

Pick up chia seeds at your favorite health food store and try this super food. A diet of whole, fresh and nutritious foods is sure to lead to a healthier smile!

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